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Lexicon Alpha Studio USB Interface

2x2x2 Desktop Recording Studio with Cubase LE 4 and Lexicon Pantheon Reverb Plug-In. Record anywhere you can carry your laptop! Studio quality hardware and powerful software that turns your PC or Mac into a 24-bit recording studio.

The Alpha Desktop Recording Studio is extremely compact, yet it gives you the features needed to get professional recording results anywhere! Designed with many of the same features found in professional studios, Alpha Studio is your complete recording solution: a USB powered I/O mixer with Cubase LE, the popular recording production suite from Steinberg, and our acclaimed Lexicon Pantheon VST reverb plug-in. A dual-input, 2-bus, 2-output USB I/O mixer with extra high-impedance instrument input and separate headphone output gives you the freedom to not only record but also mix anywhere.

FOUR INPUTS: RECORD UP TO TWO TRACKS AT ONCE!

  • Stereo line inputs for keyboards, drum machines or analog output of a CD/MP3 player. RF-filtered TRS active-balanced inputs accept either balanced or unbalanced signals.
  • Low-noise mic preamp with balanced XLR inputs.
  • High-impedance front panel input for electric guitar or bass.

PROFESSIONAL MIXER FEATURES

  • Separate mic and line level input controls with individual peak indicators.
  • Monitor mix control for balancing an audio source between live input and playback mix level while recording. Can be switched to stereo or mono.
  • High-powered headphone amp offers ultra-clear fidelity while delivering ample power for any type of headphones.
  • RF-filtered and TRS balanced Line outputs for speaker monitoring.

USB POWERED

Connect to your computer with the included USB cable. No need for a power supply...so you can record anywhere you can take your laptop.

Technical Specs

  • Microphone Inputs: (1) Female XLR Pin 2 Hot
  • Input Impedance: 600 ohms balanced
  • Phantom Power: No
  • GAIN: +50 dB
  • EIN: -115dB A-weighted @50dB gain (150 Ohm source impedance)
  • Maximum Input Level: +10dBu
  • Frequency Response: +0, -0.5 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1 kHz
  • THD+N: <.005%, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Line Inputs: (2) 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
  • Input Impedance: 20 kOhm balanced, 10 kOhm unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level: +12 dBu
  • Microphone Inputs: (1) Female XLR Pin 2 Hot
  • Input Impedance: 600 ohms balanced
  • Phantom Power: No
  • GAIN: +50 dB
  • EIN: -115dB A-weighted @50dB gain (150 Ohm source impedance)
  • Maximum Input Level: +10dBu
  • Frequency Response: +0, -0.5 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1 kHz
  • THD+N: <.005%, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Line Inputs: (2) 1/4" TRS balanced or unbalanced
  • Input Impedance: 20 kOhm balanced, 10 kOhm unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level: +12 dBu
  • Frequency Response: +0, -0.2 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1kHz
  • THD+N: <.009% A/D, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • Instrument Input: (1) 1/4" mono jack
  • Input Impedance: 1 MOhm unbalanced
  • Maximum Input Level: +8.5 dBu
  • Frequency Response: +0, -1 dB 20 Hz - 20 kHz, ref. 1 kHz
  • THD+N: <.125% A/D
  • Crosstalk: <-74dB any input or output to any recording channel,
  • 20Hz - 20kHz <-95dB at 1kHz typical
  • Line Outputs: (2) 1/4" TRS bal./unbal. +(2) RCA
  • Level: +16dBu maximum (1/4" TRS)
  • Impedance: 1k ohm balanced, 500 ohm unbalanced

Headphone Output

  • D/A - A/D Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz (determined by computer application)
  • Dynamic Range: A/D (24 Bit) 100 dB typical, A-weighted, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • D/A (24 Bit) 100 dB typical, A-weighted, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • A/D/A (24 Bit) 97 dB typical, A-weighted, 20 Hz - 20 kHz
  • USB Type B Socket: Version 1.1, Version 1.1 hubs are not supported
  • Power Requirements: USB Bus-Powered
  • Dimensions: 6.75" Wx 1.6" Hx 6.5"D
  • Weight: 1.1 lbs. (0.49kgs)

    Mr. Osman Cenan CIGIL | Purchase date: 18 January 2011
    Rating

    I bought it in order to play and record my electric guitar using my ASUS laptop.

    I've used couple of interfaces from different brands but never used any product by Lexicon.

    As it was quite cheap comparing to other brands' products,I immediately decided to buy it along with my Chapman ML1.

    It comes with Cubase LE4, drivers and Lexicon Pantheon Reverb plugin.

    I already had Nuendo and Reaper so I never needed to use Cubase LE4.

    But as far as I know you won't be able to use the reverb plugin, if you don't install Cubase LE4.

    It's pretty easy to learn how to use this interface.

    It has couple of knobs to adjust the gain of the instrument or the microphone you plug in.You can also adjust the overall output of the card and the ration between monitored sound and the direct signal.

    You have to install the drivers, it's not plug'n play device.

    My aim was to play along with a couple of backingtracks while I was hearing my direct monitored guitar signal through a host software (Nuendo, Reaper...etc) or a stand-alone software (Guitar Rig, Amplitube...etc).

    Having succesfully installed the drivers, I immediately started playing by using Guitar Rig 3.And I quite liked the preamp on the interface.It gave a pretty clean and flat signal which gave usable results.

    But no matter how many time I tried, I couldn't have 2 audio applications run at the same time.

    I tried disabling the on-board card, trying to adjust the inputs/outputs via the host software...etc but none of the methods worked for me.

    So whenever I wanted to play something in the background while any of the host sofwares or the stand-alone softwares were running, I had to import those audio files into those software.

    After having sent a couple of e-mails to Andertons, they made me aware of that limitation.Of course it wasn't their mistake! :)

    Then I searched for a couple of USB interfaces as well, I ended up finding out that the audio interfaces in the same price league won't allow you to run two audio applications at the same time.

    That means the first audio application run by the user gets the total control of the interface.

    I also want to mention about the problem of the drivers.I had ASIO4all which I had used for a year with my tube preamp, and it gave great results including the 7ms latency!

    But after I installed the Lexicon's drivers,I had 40 ms latency.I tried to adjust it and managed to have 11 ms but it pushed the limits of my laptop.

    So I used it with ASIO4all,I highly recommend it.

    As this interface did not work for me, Andertons let me exchange it with the other products on their website.

    (Thanks for everything guys!You're great!)

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